MIAMI GARDENS — Mark Richt called his team’s defensive effort, calling it “spectacular,” but didn’t love what he saw in the passing game in Miami’s 38-10 win over Florida Atlantic.
“We were off in our timing, throwing and catching,” Richt said, referring to the passing game as “not pretty.” Brad Kaaya, Richt said, would agree that he missed a few throws. Kaaya’s hand was hit on his second of two interceptions.
One reason the game settled down for the Hurricanes was Richt moving to the running game, which was dominant for the second week in a row over an inferior opponent. Mark Walton, he said, “did a nice job. [Joe] Yearby did too.”
Richt, on scoring 108 points in the first two weeks: “I don’t get too worked up about that.”
He also noted a roughing the kicker penalty early that was unacceptable. Miami finished with nine penalties for 90 yards. “Very disappointing on the penalties,” Richt said. “I don’t want this to be a recurring theme. Not enough discipline. I’m not doing a good enough job, I guess.”
“Overall, it was a good, solid victory, no doubt about that,” he said.
He also said “most everybody” came out of the game without an injury that will cost them playing time. Chad Thomas and Kendrick Norton limped off with injuries.